It is culinary day for Virtual Book Club and I will be frying chicken with the skin on in crisco for the very first time in my life! I am a skinless baked chicken breast type of girl so this is going to be something else. I must say that I do enjoy Kentucky Fried Chicken so I hope this is similar.
Why am I doing this you may be wondering? Well Minny, in the book “The Help” made it sound so good, I just had to try and make golden fried chicken! She also made Crisco sound like a household necessity.
My first tub of Crisco
Speaking of firsts, this was the first time I purchased Crisco. This struck me as funny because it seems like a staple to a lot of people, but it isn’t for us. In Canada, Crisco isn’t cheap. This tub cost $14!!!
All the ingredients and instructions are located on a recipe card at the end of this post. Click here if you would like to skip some additional instructions.Jump to Recipe
I purchased pre-cut up chicken and I would suggest you do too. About 10 minutes before starting, bring the chicken out and put it on a plate on the counter and let it come up to room temperature.
Mix Dry Ingredients
In a medium bowl mix together the dry ingredients. The pour the ingredients into a large ziploc bag.
Mix wet ingredients
Slightly beat the egg and mix it in with the milk.
Battering the chicken
Place a few pieces of the chicken in the ziploc bag and shake. Make sure each chicken piece is covered in the dry mix.
Dip the pieces of chicken in the egg and milk mixture and then re-coat the pieces in the dry mixture.
Heating up Crisco
In a large frying pan, place .5 cup to 2 cups of Crisco and then heat to 350 degrees F. Do not put in early as this will result in uneven cooking.
Place pieces of chicken skin down into the hot Crisco. Make sure that pieces do not touch. Flip a few times until pieces are browned on all sides. Lower the temperature to 275 degrees F and cook chicken for 30 to 40 minutes, continually flipping. The chicken when done should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Place on a wire rack with parchment paper underneath for excess oil to drip off. Do not place on paper towel as this will make the coating mushy.
Set yourself a pretty table, make some biscuits and sweet tea and enjoy your fried chicken! Best if eaten with a good friend, just like Minny and Celia!
Golden Fried Chicken
- 1 Frying pan
- 1 Set of measuring spoons and cups
- 1 Bowl
- 1 Large Ziploc bag
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Flour
- 2 tsp Garlic salt
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp Poultry seasoning
- 2.5 lbs Chicken pieces with skin on
- 1.5 cups Crisco shortening
- In a medium bowl, combine milk and egg.
- In a large Ziploc bag, combine flour, garlic salt, paprika, pepper and poultry seasoning. Seal the bag and shake to combine.
- Place one piece of chicken in the Ziploc bag. Seal and shake well to coat.
- Dip the coated chicken in the milk and egg mixture. Place the chicken piece back in the flour mixture and coat well. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
- Add Crisco to a large frying pan. Heat to 365 degree F. Once melted, the shortening should fill up to about 2 inches of the pan. Add more shortening if needed.
- Place the chicken with the skin down in the frying pan and cook until all sides are brown. Make sure the pieces of chicken are not touching. Reduce heat to 275 degrees F, for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping the chicken several times.
- Transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath to catch the drippings. Do not place the chicken on paper towel as this will cause the chicken to become soggy.
Let’s see what the others have cooking!
The rest of the group are fantastic cooks, so I bet they are going to have some delicious recipes. Just click on the title below their photo and a link will re-direct you to their post.
Lynn from Living Large in a Small House
Cindy from Reinvented Delaware
Erin from Erin Evolving
Thank you for joining me on the 3rd edition of the Virtual Book Club. Up next month is “Anne of Green Gables”.
Wendy McMonigleMarch 25, 2023
Your chicken looks divine! I know it is not the healthiest, but I do love a good piece of fried chicken.
CrystalMarch 26, 2023
Thanks so much Wendy! I appreciate your comment! Who doesn’t love a piece of fried chicken now and then?
LynnMarch 28, 2023
Thank you for sharing your fried chicken recipe. I’ve made it before but never with Crisco! You are a brave soul. My Mom always used Crisco both for frying and she used it in her pie dough recipes.
CrystalMarch 28, 2023
Thanks Lynn! Haha yes cooking really isn’t something I have good skills in but I am enjoying the challenge to spread my wings. I cannot wait for the next book because I already looked at possible recipes and there are so many yummy looking ones!